K-12 Teachers | Education – American Society for Microbiology

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ASM provides information, resources, and professional opportunities for middle and high school educators teaching microbiology.

Classroom Activities

The classroom activities illustrate the power of the microbial world in everyday life.  Developed for K-12 classrooms, all activities are inquiry-based and follow the National Science Education Standards (NSES). 

K-12 Microbiology Website Reviews
A selective list of websites reviewed by volunteers and members of ASM Committee on K-12 Education based on usefulness, purpose, content, ease of navigation, organization and relevance to the K-12 educator community.

ASM Microscopic World Poster

NEW from ASM, the poster features dissecting, light, fluorescent and electron microscopes. A peek into each microscope shows the diversity of the unseen world from human cells to bacterial spores.  Request a “Look at our Microscopic World” poster to hang on your classroom bulletin board and reach out to future scientists.

ASM MicrobeWorld
Major gateway to extensive resources about the microbial world: 1) Microbiology-What’s It All About with general information, career resources, profiles of scientists, 2) More About Microbes with activities and videos from the PBS show, and 3) Current Issues with stories including water quality and microbial resistance.

Clearinghouse of visual and multimedia programs, standard laboratory protocols and atlases of laboratory results.

Significant Events of the Last 125 Years
Timeline of microbiology-related events since 1861, includes historial papers and photographs.

Making Connections
Booklet describing how ASM members connect to each other and develop long-lasting professional relationships, opportunities for collaboration, and face-to-face interaction with microbiologists in the US and worldwide.

Bioscience Education Network
Portal to national digital libraries of biological resources including more than a dozen professional societies and organizations.

ASM Press
Books and other teaching materials published by ASM. Titles include: Recombinant DNA and Biotechnoloy: A Guide for Students 2nd edition, The Other End of the Microscope: Bacteria Tell Their Own Story, Pasteur and Modern Science, Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth, and Microbes Count!

Scientist in the Classroom 
Find practical tips and ASM resources to help you participate more fully in youth and community programs. Share your understanding of the microbiological sciences with others.

Sponsored Events
Calendar of ASM sponsored workshops and sessions at national teacher meetings.

ASM Careers in the Microbiological Sciences
Who is a Microbiologist?

Where Does a Microbiologist Work and With Whom?

What Are My Options?

How Do I Get My First Position as a Microbiologist?

What Kinds of Careers Paths Are There?

How Much Does a Microbiologist Make?

Career Brochure Information


ASM Career Portal
Compilation of ASM career information and new networking features to assist you in planning a microbiology career

Online Networking
Interact with scientists, communicate with other teachers, and find out about local initiatives in teaching microbiology.  This webpage is a databse of scientists available for classroom activities and mentoring.

Subscribe to Listserv
Discussion groups and listservs for educators

EduAlert: E-announcements about programs and resources

MICROEDU: On-line discussion group for educators

Science Education Network
Online database of scientists volunteers in education and outreach programs.

Interested in helping out?  Sign up and become a critical resource for the community.

Need a scientist to help out? Search for a Volunteer.